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Do mothers of extremely preterm babies have a duty to express breastmilk?

Do mothers of extremely preterm babies have a duty to express breastmilk?
Do mothers of extremely preterm babies have a duty to express breastmilk?
Infant feeding decisions are highly emotionally charged. I argue elsewhere that many problems surrounding infant feeding decisions result from a moralized context created by mistakes in our assumptions about maternal duties including the mistaken assumption that mothers have a defeasible moral duty to breastfeed. Mothers have a reason, but not a moral duty to breastfeed. Even those who are convinced by my argument in the case of full-term babies, might find it harder to accept in the case of premature babies. It might seem that mothers do have a defeasible moral duty to breastfeed or, as is more likely to be appropriate in such cases, to express breastmilk. Here, I explain why preterm neonates present a tricky case for the right not to breastfeed. I show why, nonetheless, moral pressure for mothers to express breastmilk in the neonatal unit is neither permissible nor pragmatically advisable. I argue that instead we should address structural barriers to providing breastmilk and support donor milk initiatives.
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Woollard, Fiona
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Woollard, Fiona
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Woollard, Fiona (2020) Do mothers of extremely preterm babies have a duty to express breastmilk? Acta Paediatrica. (doi:10.1111/apa.15323).

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Infant feeding decisions are highly emotionally charged. I argue elsewhere that many problems surrounding infant feeding decisions result from a moralized context created by mistakes in our assumptions about maternal duties including the mistaken assumption that mothers have a defeasible moral duty to breastfeed. Mothers have a reason, but not a moral duty to breastfeed. Even those who are convinced by my argument in the case of full-term babies, might find it harder to accept in the case of premature babies. It might seem that mothers do have a defeasible moral duty to breastfeed or, as is more likely to be appropriate in such cases, to express breastmilk. Here, I explain why preterm neonates present a tricky case for the right not to breastfeed. I show why, nonetheless, moral pressure for mothers to express breastmilk in the neonatal unit is neither permissible nor pragmatically advisable. I argue that instead we should address structural barriers to providing breastmilk and support donor milk initiatives.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 April 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 April 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 439667
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439667
ISSN: 0803-5253
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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2020 16:30
Last modified: 08 Oct 2020 16:35

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